Door 43 wellbeing blog: Dealing positively with change and ambiguity   

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In these blogs our Door 43 team will provide wise words and support to help young people manage emotional health and wellbeing during this difficult time. Be sure to look out for these blogs on the Sheffield Futures website and social media channels along with information about how to access our new online channels as they develop.  

This week our wellbeing worker Annis will be looking at the subject of change and how to deal with the anxieties that might manifest as a result. 

Hiya, I’m Annis and I’m fairly new in, working as a Wellbeing Practitioner at Door 43.  I decided to write about the topic of change as it’s something we are all currently living with right now and can feel like a frightening and an unsettling experience.  

I was so excited to start my new job at Sheffield Futures and  I thought I was doing OK with a change in job until the pandemic hit and like everyone else, my working and living habits suddenly changed. 

So, I started to ask myself, how am I going to deal with this very unique and odd experience we are currently facing?  How do we manage such a drastic change in our lives?  How do we stay safe both mentally and physically?  For me, the biggest barrier I face is not being able to do the things I love doing which has always had a way of recharging my batteries both mentally and physically.  We are not allowed to go out in groups, mix with our friends, or do many of the ordinary things that make life enjoyable and fun!  So instead of focusing on what we are not able to do, I wanted to focus on what I could do to make make my life more bearable. 

I can for example, go for a run to get some fresh air, put things in perspective, try and improve my physical  fitness and ability to run up hills without going purple and feeling like my lungs will collapse!  That is definitely a bonus!  I am not a natural runner and  began with the Couch to 5K programme If you have never run but are considering it, try looking at this, it’s a great way to start.  Prior to using this, I would get out of breath running up the stairs but now I can run 5K (although very slowly!)Running is free, a great way to have a break from problems and it builds your physical stamina.  I use it as time out to think about the changes I am  currently facing and think about potential solutions to those problems.  That is what works for me and it may work for you!  Why not give running a go? 

Another thing I’ve noticed that I find useful is focusing on the positives that the new changes to my life have brought with them I suppose it’s making a list of things that I am grateful for which can help to lift feelings of despair and dread while accepting and respecting the severity of the situation. My heart naturally goes out to those who are ill with the virus and all those at risk but amongst this sadness there are most definitely very good things happening in the world. Human nature at its best is also present. I’ve started to hear and see huge acts of kindness being demonstrated both on social media and in my personal life. Neighbours taking time out to do shopping for the elderly and those at risk, people volunteering to help out at the hospitals who are in desperate need of support and even shop keepers offering to make deliveries to those who cannot get out and shop for themselves.  These things made me realise that if we are considerate of others and try our best to help where we can, these acts of kindness help us to feel better about ourselves and help others to feel valued.  In terms of my experience really appreciated it when someone offered to help me and spend time showing me systems I was unfamiliar with in my new job and help me manage this whole new way of communicating on social media! Thanks guys you know who you are!  Having a long standing and deep hatred for technology, the recent changes have tested my ability to accept and manage change.  I am starting to realise that perhaps computers do not hate me afterall, they just need a little more patience and time spent with them to understand their ways of working!  It was a bit like being in a new relationship and using trial and error to see what works for the two of us!  I am not saying I have it sorted, but I think I am beginning to learn the basic art of computer communication!  So,  if you are learning to manage a new way of working which includes working in isolation, try asking for help, I know I was surprised and relieved when I got the support I wanted.  I am sure there will be someone to help you too!  The wellbeing staff at Door 43 have now adapted their ways of working so we can connect with you online, or over the phone, so If you are feeling you need to talk to someone, please contact us!   

While working from home I realised how much time I wasted being sat in endless traffic jams and getting angry at other drivers just for being on the road!  I am thankful I do not have this daily battle with aggressive drivers and those who honk their horns at you for no obvious reason.  Taking, the time out to appreciate positive aspects of the recent changes has helped me feel calmer and more hopeful  about what has happened and it could help you.    

Writing this blog has helped me put things in perspective and realise change is inevitable and made me realise that things will slowly start to return to “normal” or at the least become more recognisable. If you are someone who enjoys writing their thoughts and feelings why not write a blog yourself? This is my first attempt (which may be obvious) so you do not need to be an expert.  Or if blogging is not for you, why not write a mood journal so you can collect your personal thoughts and feelings and allow yourself time to process the very strange changes in your life. 

I have been grateful for the beautiful weather we have been given over the last few days as it acts as a reminder that Summer is on its way, life moves on and at the same time it reminded me how much I love being in nature! Nature can be hugely therapeutic and calming and we are allowed to take daily walks if we keep our distance from others.  If walking is not your usual thing, why not give it go? 

Below is a diagram that demonstrates a theory about how we respond to change and how it can impact on our lives. Most people will identify with the shock, denial and frustration elements of the diagram and people will vary in how long they stay in certain stages.  For me, I feel I am currently in the Experiment stage which creates a mixture of emotions.  I like the idea that there is only one more stage of acceptance before I learn to integrate the new changes that I am currently living with.  The diagram may help you to recognise where you are in your own life and realise that it is totally normal to feel this huge range of emotions and thoughts.  Remember we are in this together!  Stay safe everyone! 

Here are 7 ways to manage change  

  1. Have a plan.  Change is essential for us to grow, expand and thrive 
  2. Set a goal  A goal that is realistic and achievable for yourself in the near future 
  3. Define the change – Describe what the change or changes are  
  4. Celebrate the old – So we may miss our old ways of working and living but we can remember and celebrate them –  perhaps share stories on Facebook, look at old pictures with your friends and colleagues 
  5. Articulate Challenges – Maybe write down what you think will be a challenge for you or your family/friends without making negative predictions about what could happen   
  6. Listen carefully to others  can they offer advice, tips or guidance on how to manage change at work or at home 
  7. Find key influencers – Sometimes we can get inspiration from others who overcame very difficult circumstances or personal loss  YouTube is a great way to hear success stories.  

Positive quote to finish with 

Every day the clock resets. Your wins don’t matter. Your failures don’t matter. Don’t stress on what was, fight for what could be.” Sean Higgins 

Check out the Door 43 team over on Insta each day.

Door 43 wellbeing blog: Five creative ways to combat anxiety and have fun at home  

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Over the coming weeks, due to the need to close our face to face services as a result of Coronavirus, we’ll be keeping in touch with young people that use our Door 43 services online. One of the ways we will do this is through a weekly blog. In these blogs our Door 43 team will provide wise words and support to help young people manage emotional health and wellbeing during this difficult time. Be sure to look out for these blogs on the Sheffield Futures website and social media channels along with information about how to access our new online channels as they develop.  

In this second blogMichelle Leeder our wellbeing worker provides some creative ideas about how to have fun whilst holed up at home. Enjoy.  


Hard to believe I know but last week Boris announced that we must stay home. We have been hearing messages for several days about the importance of staying at home as it will save lives and will help us move through this weird time we find ourselves in 

However, for some of us, being at home can be hard. Maybe home isn’t a safe place to be and if that is the case then there are people that can help you to find safety or feel safer in your home. Lots of us will also find it COMPLETELY BORING!! We are so used to being out with our mates, mixing up what we do and the idea of being at home for at least three weeks is understandably making us feel more than a little bit anxious.  

A REALLY good way to combat anxiety is to have funSo, at Door 43 we got you. Here are five ways to have fun whilst at home: 



Do you remember when you were five and you would grab some chairs and some blankets and make a den. Well now is the time to find your inner five-year-old and make a den. Not any old den though, an EPIC den. Build a den for big people, the more creative the better. Use whatever you can find and see how luxurious you can make it. Then spend time in it catching up on that NETFLIX series you haven’t got around to finishing yet.  

And don’t forget to take pictures for Instagram and tag @door43into those. We want to see all of your epic big people dens.  



Jump onto any app that lets you have a group chat (my current fave is Marco Polo) and get your pals together. You then have to take it in turns to sing a phrase each and see if you can make it through the whole of Bohemian Rhapsody.  






Get your family together or arrange for a group chat with your friends. Arrange a time when you are going to go for a fancy tea IN. You have to get dressed up in your POSHEST clothes and cook a 3/5/7 course meal (or just go with pasta and cheese again!). Then get your table all set up – like you were in a really fancy restaurant – and enjoy a night of wining (with a glass of orange juice of course) and dining. You could even then head to the theatre after that. 



Every morning Joe Wicks is doing a 30min PE lesson. Over 900,000 people have been taking part each day. This is a really good way to keep active, boost our energy levels and have a laugh. There is also a lovely feeling that comes with knowing you are taking part in something with hundreds of thousands of people across the world. 

And another bonus is that you can get your family involved and laugh with (at) them as they struggle to keep up.  






We are not allowed to meet up with people other than our family. That has been made very clear. However, we are allowed out for a bit of exercise each day. So, we can optimise this opportunity by connecting with people through their windows! 

Here is how it can work. Think about someone that lives close to you that might need a bit of human interaction. This could be a friend, neighbour, Nanan/Grandad, etc. Swing by their house during your walk and share some good news/encouragement/kind words with them BUT you can only use paper and pen to do it. 

These are just a few of the MANY things that you can do to have fun whilst at home. We would love to see what you are up to so make sure you tag us (@Door43_) in your posts and let us know of any ideas we have missed. We would love to share them with others! 

Take care all, Michelle  

Wellbeing tips from Christos: Healthy body = healthy mind and workout video

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More ideas for fitness from Christos here:


Door 43 wellbeing worker Christos has taken over the Door 43 Insta channel today and is focused on the importance of exercise within the daily routine for young people. Exercise is so important to keep bodies and minds healthy. Healthy body = healthy mind.  Give Christos’s workout a go too and let us know your thoughts!

Wellbeing tips from Terri: How to be more present, increase self awareness and reduce anxiety

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Sheffield Futures wellbeing worker Terri has some great tips to share on how to increase self awareness and be in the present moment to help drive down feelings of anxiety and stress.

Listen to the birds in the background, just allowing yourself to focus on the birds tweeting is calming, makes you want to get out in nature and be in the moment – at a 2m distance from everyone else though of course!

Door 43 wellbeing blog: Self isolation, social media rumours and the need for rational thinking

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Over the coming weeks, due to the need to shut our face to face services as a result of Coronavirus, we’ll be keeping in touch with young people that use our Door 43 services online. This is the first of our weekly blogs. In these blogs our Door 43 team will impart wise words, wisdom and tools to help young people manage emotional health and wellbeing during this difficult time. Be sure to look out for these blogs on the Sheffield Futures website and social media channels. 

In this first blog, Luca Jandu our wellbeing worker talks about the need for rational thinking. Self isolation, although necessary right now in terms of physical health, can present some challenges for our emotional health. As our minds wander and we can’t forward plan, with the situation changing daily, we’re prone to catastrophising and this can cause unhelpful anxieties to manifest.  Here, Luca acknowledges this, talks about his own experience and provides some helpful ways to challenge irrational and anxious thoughts. 



So, this is the first blog from me, in this funny time we are facing! I really hope – considering the circumstances – you are all keeping as well as you can be. It’s uncharted territory for all of us, pushing us all hard emotionally, so it’s never been more important to be mindful of our wellbeing. On this note, I thought it would be worth looking at the need for rational thinking and the importance of trying to find a way to stay calm and keep going – especially hard when we are facing so many new challenges.

I had my own moment of irrational thought and mild panic last week and wanted to tell you about it as there were definitely a few learnings. I’ve been self-isolating since the 18th, so have been on social media a lot more than I usually would. As we know, social media isn’t the most reliable source of information. On the 18th, some rumours started circulating of a military crackdown, which even though I fact checked and found some of the sources to be from a fake website, the constant references to ‘military crackdown’ eventually got the better of me. So,  I rang my housemates to ask them to buy a load of rice, lentils and a crate of chickpeas and tahini – for hummus, I would really struggle without hummus! In hindsight this may have been a little irrational.



Later that evening – when looking at more reliable sources – I discovered the military had been brought in to support the police. It seems that a few police must be self-isolating or looking after their kids and the military are just doing a bit of their work – the mass of rice, lentils, crate of chick peas and litre of tahini all seems a bit silly now – whoops.

Now ‘rational me’ knows that I’m not going to starve, that the supermarkets will continue to stock the shelves and that the military play an essential role in protecting the public and can provide useful public services in times like these, getting food to isolated vulnerable people for example, which is very important. I usually have a pretty good grip on the irrational me and control my impulses, but I guess times like this can challenge our rational selves, push us all to do irrational things and social media can act as fuel in this fire. This incident emphasised to me the need to fact check what I read on social media with reliable sources, and to be a bit more conscious and mindful of my thoughts to try to keep a better grip on my irrational self.

After I told the team at Door 43 about this we posted some links to more reliable sources of information on our social media channels alongside some alternative positive news stories. I’ve put these links below for you at the bottom of my blog. We ask you in these difficult times to try to choose your sources of information carefully and look for the links we post too. While this is a difficult time with some challenges that will be new to all of us, we need to be cautious of where our information is coming from, fact check, use reputable sources for news and think rationally.

I’ve pulled together questions to ask yourselves that may help to challenge irrational thoughts as they arise. Maybe I wouldn’t be sat among this mass of rice, lentils if i’d considered these for a moment!

Questions to ask yourself when challenging irrational or anxious thoughts.

  1. Is there any evidence that contradicts my worry? Can I trust the source of my worry? Do I have all the information? Am I ignoring any contrary facts? Are my sources reputable and trustworthy?
  2. Am I assuming the worst will happen? Ask yourself – ‘Have I jumped to the worst- case scenario? How likely is this to happen really?
  3. Am I jumping to conclusions? Ask yourself – do you have the facts to back up your thoughts? Are they based in reality?
  4. What are the costs and benefits of thinking in this way? Is this a positive / healthy way of thinking? What would a healthier more balanced thought look like?
  5. Am I ignoring positive information? Is the negative looming unnecessarily large?
  6. How will I feel about this in 6 months? In a year? Look to the future, putting a situation into another point in time can give you a valuable, calming perspective.
  7. Is there another way of looking at this situation? Can you think of positives? For example, yes you might be stuck inside and you can’t see your friends but on the flip side it won’t be for ever and taking this action now will mean we can all get back to normal more quickly and safeguard the most vulnerable people.

Hopefully going through these questions when irrational or anxious thoughts get the better of you will help you slow your mind down so you can check yourself for catastrophising, unhelpful thinking and gain some perspective.

I wish you all the best in this challenging time and remember that Door 43 – even in if in a virtual form – is still here to support you. Keep an eye on our website and social media for more information about this. We’re working hard to get things up and running.

Take care of yourselves and each other and watch this space for our next blog next Wednesday.


Information on the importance of looking after yourself:

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Positive news:


Door 43 Wellbeing Wednesday

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Some good news in these difficult times folks! As of today, the Door 43 Wellbeing Wednesday service will be available for all young people currently registered with Door 43 over the phone. Young people registered with Door 43 can speak to one of our wellbeing workers between 11-1pm or 2-4pm.

Young people that want to speak to a wellbeing worker should call or text 07815698447. Your request will then be allocated and you’ll be contacted.

Scroll the pics in the Insta story for full details from the team.

For young people not registered but in need of help, we’re working really hard to replicate our services online so watch this space for more information.

0114 talks: Hearing young women’s perspectives on crime in Sheffield

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On Monday night young women and female youth work practitioners came together from across the city to discuss crime, the effects, and what can be done to prevent further violence in our communities. It was great to bring together young women from communities across the city through the work of community partners, The Manor & Castle Development Trust, Together Women and Broomhall Girls Youth Group.

Young women looked at important topics such as safety in Sheffield, when and where they feel safe, where they don’t and importantly how to keep themselves safe, looking at different scenarios and techniques – such as letting trusted people know where you are going, being aware of your surroundings and what to do if you feel unsafe while out and about. Worryingly, racism was also highlighted as an issue with young women reporting to have been verbally attacked on the bus and outside in the Hillsborough and Manor communities. The city centre was commented on as an area young women feel ‘unsafe’ due to ‘people hanging around’ as well as West Street due to ‘the drunks’. Sharrow was highlighted as somewhere to feel safe as it’s a ‘peaceful community’ along with leafy Fulwood and Hathersage.

The event also looked at current issues within Sheffield and the crimes that are being committed with a focus on current perceptions of what is being done to tackle crime that impacts young people negatively. There was a strong feeling that young people can be ‘discriminated against’ and seen as ‘the problem’, for example the general perception that ‘all young people are in gangs.’ It was felt that this is unhelpful as actually young people are being drawn in by criminals looking to exploit young people for their own gain. And, that actually, young people need safe spaces and youth work support to ensure they aren’t put at risk of exploitation in order to lead productive lives and create positive futures for themselves.

Thinking about what can be done to prevent further violence in our communities the young women said that ‘Supportive groups and clubs for young people who commit crimes would help to get them out of these situations, and help adults understand how they get drawn into crime in the first place.’ There was also a lot of discussion around the importance of youth work in the communities, ‘the importance of having places for young people to come together, enjoy themselves and learn.’ It was felt that ‘people may commit crime as a result of things they’re lacking in life – like money, friends, family support and respect.’ and that youth clubs and youth work activities could go a long way to filling this void for young people and ultimately help to keep them safe.

0114 talks is part of an ongoing series of events that will look at issues important to young people across the city.

Street Doctors partnership empowers young people to save lives

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Street Doctors the youth social action movement that teaches young people lifesaving and first aid skills has partnered with Sheffield Futures to deliver training to children and young people in areas considered at risk of youth violence across the city.

This work is part of Sheffield Futures’ Project 0114 which aims to educate young people about the risks of being exploited by criminals and empower them to make good decisions and understand their rights and responsibilities. The Street Doctors volunteers are training young people in Broomhall, North East Sheffield, Manor Castle/Arbourthorne, Burngreave/Pitsmoor and Lowedges.

Dan White, Head of Targeted Services and Health at Sheffield Futures said: “It’s a reality that criminal gangs are targeting children. Vulnerable children and young people are drawn in under the lure of friendship and gifts and are getting involved in seemingly harmless tasks, like carrying packages, and in doing so are putting themselves in real danger of violence including gun and knife crime, as well as putting themselves on the path to a criminal future.

“We’re working together with schools and vital partners in the communities to educate young people and offer early intervention to ensure they understand the risks and can make good decisions – if approached by organised crime gangs on the streets.

“It’s fantastic that Street Doctors have joined the city-wide partnership and are empowering young people with vital skills and confidence to act if confronted with a situation where someone is bleeding or unconscious.”

This strand of the project also sees youth work activities delivered for young people in youth clubs to provide safe spaces where they can benefit from the strengths and experience of community delivery partners and learn new and inspiring arts, music, media and sports skills. Sheffield Futures is leading the 0114 Project in conjunction with Sheffield City Council, ACT Sheffield, The Unity Gym Project, Broomhall Girls Youth Group, Manor Castle Development Trust, My Life Project, Princes Trust, and Change Grow Live (CGL).

Project 0114 was set up with Home Office funding through Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner focussed on tackling child criminal exploitation and associated knife and gun crime across the city.

A second strand sees secondary school pupils across the city, along with year six children in primary schools in targeted areas, benefit from information and skills-based sessions focussed on preventing child criminal exploitation and exploring the effects of knife and gun crime. The sessions are being co-delivered by youth workers and specially trained young people.

Schools that are interested in this training should contact Sheffield Futures on 0114 2012800 / [email protected]

Support over the Christmas period

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Star House festive period opening times

Tuesday 24th December – Christmas Eve – 8.30am –3.00pm

Wednesday 25th December – Christmas Day – Closed

Thursday 26th December -Boxing Day – Closed

*Friday 27th December – 9.00am – 5.00pm

Saturday 28th December – Closed

*Monday 30th December-9.00am –5.00pm

*Tuesday 31st December –New Year’s Eve – 9.00am –3.00pm

Wednesday 1st January –New Year’s Day – Closed

Thursday 2nd January – 8.30am – 5.00pm

*Only Children’s Services and Youth Justice Service on these dates

Call 0114 201 2800 on open days for further information.

If you need to speak to someone urgently

Sheffield Mental Health Helpline: 0808 801 0440 (24 hours a day, free phone number)

Sheffield Mental Health out of hours: 0114 2716310

For other sources of support over the Christmas period

Substance misuse: The Corner

Online counselling, emotional health and wellbeing: Kooth 

In crisis? Shout, text Shout to 85258

The Samaritans – call 116 123

Talk to Frank – 0300 123 6600

Childline – 0800 1111

Youth Work Week 2019 blog: Young people treated fairly and equally 

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Simon is a Youth Work Team Leader at Sheffield Futures. As part of Simon’s role, he delivers Youth Sheffield in the North of the city. Youth Sheffield is Sheffield’s city wide youth service. Youth Sheffield provides safe spaces where young people can feel comfortable and confident and take part in enriching activities, keeping them safe and supported to make the most of their lives. For today’s #YWW19 theme, Simon talks about how Sheffield Futures works to ensure young people in Sheffield are treated fairly and equally.

I’m a professional youth worker and have been involved in youth work for the last 20 years. My role within Youth Sheffield is to oversee all the youth clubs and youth workers in the North of Sheffield.

To quote Franklin D. Roosevelt, ‘If we can’t build a future for our youth, we must build our youth for the future.’ I believe that good quality, properly funded youth work can fulfil this function and as a society we owe it to young people to give them the best life chances.

Young people in Sheffield are starting from a very unfair and unequal position and unfortunately, the data shows how this trend is growing. To provide a flavour, in line with national trends, the most up-to-date data (August 2014) shows an increase in child poverty, with 24.7% of children recorded as living in poverty in Sheffield. That’s nearly a quarter of children. However there’s growing concern about increased differences in Sheffield between different parts of the city. In Ecclesall ward, 3.3% of children were living in poverty, whilst in Firth Park the figure was 14 times higher at 42.9% of children. The report suggests that there are clearly lots of causes of child poverty however that it’s likely the national welfare reforms are a significant driver of changes seen in levels of child poverty. Specifically the lower benefit cap that took effect in 2017 and has taken the number of households in Sheffield affected by the cap from 113 to an estimated 900 households. In total, those households contain 3,446 children. (Data taken from State of Sheffield Report 2017)

So, the playing field is far from equal yet Article 2 of the UN Convention rights of a child states that “No child should be treated unfairly on any basis”. This clearly sets out that no matter who you are, where you come from or your background you shouldn’t be treated unfairly because of this. Yet at some point in all our lives we have been treated unfairly or not as an equal to others based on our backgrounds, where we live as a result of perceived abilities in life or for other reasons.

Youth work readdresses this balance in that through coming into a youth work setting, young people are plugged into a range of support, advice and guidance as well as inspiring enrichment activities that act as a safety net and go some way to restore a sense of fair and equal treatment by society. In this setting they are exposed to positive role models. Our youth workers across the city are providing quality youth provision in safe and welcoming environments for young people. They treat all young people fairly and equally regardless of their post code, colour, creed, religious or political views or finances.  Through Youth Sheffield, we endeavour to put young people first and foremost, providing a safe and inspiring space where they are treated fairly and equally and are fully supported to make the best of their lives.

If you or a young person you know would benefit from getting involved in any of the initiatives mentioned here and would benefit from support please reach out to Sheffield Futures. Tel 0114 2012800 or [email protected]

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